South African legends honored at Basadi in Music Awards luncheon

On Wednesday, May 18, the Basadi in Music Awards hosted a luncheon for some of the country’s most respected female musicians. Participants included singer Mafikizlo Nhlanhla Nciza, Vicky Sampson, legendary singer Abigail Kubeka and former Idols SA judge, Mara Louw. According to Daily Sun, all of the legendary musicians received special plaques for their contributions to music.

The first Basadi in Music Awards are set to take place in August, to coincide with Women’s Month.

The Basadi in Music Awards were launched on March 8 at a star-studded event in Johannesburg. Speaking to SowetanLive, the CEO of the awards, Hloni Modise, said she was inspired to create the awards because the music industry is dominated by men.

“The awards then became that response to the fate of recognition, to shine a light on the work that women continue to do on and off stage.”

“Basadi in Music goes beyond music and will be a community for women in music and those aspiring to enter music,” Modise said.


The Basadi in Music Awards luncheon took place at the Garden Venue Boutique Hotel in Randburg, Johannesburg and was hosted by radio and television presenter Penny Lebyane.

Various plaques were presented to legendary musicians by the CEO of Basadi in Music Awards, Hloni Modise and the Mayor of Johannesburg, Mpho Phalatse.

Thanking the Basadi in Music Awards for honoring her, Vicky Sampson, best known for her hit, African Dreamsaid it was both a surprise and a blessing to her.

“I think I briefly confided in Penny how difficult it has been to find inspiration and hope every day,” Sampson said according to Daily Sun.



Legendary pop singer Mercy Pakela had a special message for Mpho Phalatse and asked her to “fix things” in the music industry.

“As mayor, our city is ugly. There are places we could walk in heels, [but] now you can’t. Please fix such things, use artistic brotherhood to bring change.

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